The Rehoboth Art League is offering vacationers and locals alike something more to enjoy their time on the shore, when the new RAL Art Studios in Lewes premiere “Lines of Inquiry” by Wayne Weeks.
The exhibit will be the first solo show for the newly implemented extension of the Rehoboth Art League, which opened in March, and, according to exhibitions director Jay Pastore, promises not to disappoint.
“This is one of the premiere solo shows for that center this summer,” Pastore explained of the exhibit. “It’s a brand new art center that has two galleries — one sophisticated abstract that has all kinds of art, and a member’s gallery that shows all different type of work — both free and open to the public.”
An Ocean View native who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Weeks’ pieces are rooted in the exploration of the human figure, working with charcoal to present the body in unusual ways. According to him, at the heart of his drawings, there’s a kind of affirmation that returns him to hope.
“Most of his work is very classical,” Pastore said, noting Weeks’ use of oil paint and pastels, in addition to his usual charcoal base. “He presents figures in a very classical setting, but they’re also very abstract.”
While Weeks is a longtime member of the Art League and has participated in a multitude of shows and exhibits, Friday will mark his first solo show.
“All the work will be new and never before seen,” Pastore said. “It’s a very strong show of abstract figurative works.”
“Lines of Inquiry” will be open from Friday, June 26, to Tuesday, July 28, but Dogfish Head will be sponsoring the June 26 opening reception, which will be open to the public, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, with the Art League continuing to host additional exhibitions and galas throughout the summer.
“They’re all such different shows,” Pastore said of the summer lineup’s variety. “We try to show work that will be appreciated by a larger audience. This year, we’re trying to expand our shows to bring in a new type of artwork.”
In addition to the shows, the RAL continues to offer classes, special programs and open studios, as always.
“The Art League is really like a cultural hub of both exhibiting work, and teaching adults and children how to create different types of art work,” Pastore explained. “For us it’s just offering something really special for people who are vacationing here and live here. It’s just something different for the beach experience. We do much more than just exhibitions here.”
The new RAL Art Studios is located at 12000 Old Vine Road, off Route 9 in Lewes. For more information on the Rehoboth Art League or for a full schedule of exhibitions, events or classes visit www.rehobothartleague.org or call (302) 227-8408. For more on Wayne Weeks, visit www.wayneweeksart.net.